Nutcracker wasn’t always an American holiday tradition. Seventy-five years ago, SF Ballet Artistic Director Willam Christensen made it one with the first performance of a full-length Nutcracker in the United States, right here in San Francisco.
In celebration of that anniversary, join Nutcracker expert Jennifer Fisher, PhD, members of the original 1944 Nutcracker cast, and Claras from throughout the years for a one-day event diving into the history and legacy of this iconic ballet.
- Hear from noted Nutcracker expert Jennifer Fisher, a professor at UC Irvine
- Learn about what it was like to participate in that very first 1944 Nutcracker from Janet Sassoon and Joan Vickers, both original cast members
- See the first-ever SF Ballet “Clara Panel,” and discover what kind of impact Nutcracker had on several remarkable women
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